Mikey Garcia, a former multiple division champion, has had his say on a couple of the most talked about fights in boxing.
The recently retired fighter, who hung up the gloves boasting a 40-2, 30 KO record, spoke to FightHype.com first about the third fight between Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
The fight is being fought at 168lbs for Canelo’s undisputed super middleweight belts. Golovkin is a two-time unified middleweight champ. He’s spoken about moving up in weight throughout his career, and Garcia doesn’t believe ‘Triple G’ bulking up will be a key factor in the fight. However, he still believes the Mexican will win.
“I think it’s a good fight, but I think Canelo takes it.”
“They know each other so much, so [the weight] doesn’t play too much [into it] because they already have fought each other twice. Canelo’s fighting at a higher weight class but he’s not a big dude naturally. Also he started at much smaller, so it’s not going to play that much of a role.
I just think Canelo is in a better time – age and career wise – versus Golovkin. It’s a good fight because Golovkin’s going to try his hardest to f***ing put it out, but I think Canelo wins.”
Canelo and Golovkin will settle their differences in the ring for a third time next Saturday in Las Vegas.
Moving onto the heavyweights, Garcia spoke on a fellow Mexican-American fighter in Andy Ruiz Jr. Following his unanimous decision victory over Luis Ortiz, it looks likely Ruiz will face Deontay Wilder should the American beat Robert Helenius in October.
Garcia believes it’s the fight to make. A specialist at managing distance himself, he says Ruiz must get on the inside of Wilder to have success.
“Wilder’s been out for a while, coming of losses to Fury. Match them up and winner moves on to another shot at the title.”
“[Ruiz has to] Get on the inside and f***ing throw combinations. That’s what he’s best at – letting his hands go. If he stays on the outside, Deontay’s the much bigger man. He’s a big threat with that right hand, he’s strong – gotta get on the inside.”